The Research Program on the "Economics of Knowledge Contribution and Distribution" has a post-doctoral fellowship position available for 2013-14. Candidates should have a recently completed PhD and have a research proposal related to the following areas. The impact of open scientific publication on research outcomes and dissemination. The motivations and constraints on the sharing of … Continue reading Post-Doctoral Position
A little time has passed since this New York Times piece on open access and dodgy journals. Bottom line: anyone can set up an open access journal and hence, bad quality ones are appearing. Moreover, if you go open access with a traditional journal, some publishers may try and cast themselves off as you. At … Continue reading Openness and spam
Wikipedia has as one of its defining characteristics, its openness. Anyone can edit it. Anyone can reverse someone else's edits. And that process has led to the encyclopaedic resource we have today. How Wikipedia works is still a bit of a mystery. But what appears to be the case is that a core group of volunteers … Continue reading Who owns Wikipedia?
Many journals now have open data policies but they are sparingly enforced. So many scientists do not submit data. The question is: what drives them not to submit? Is it laziness? Is it a desire to keep the data to themselves? Or is it something more sinister? After all, the open data rules were, in … Continue reading Disclosure and ‘cook booking’
Yesterday, Google announced its “spring cleaning” whereby it, usually, discards products most people had long thought discarded. Usually the products are Blackberry ones that don’t really yield controversy. A few years back, Google retired Buzz which was generally regarded as a failure. Some product retirements are a little more troubling. Consider Google Wave as I wrote about in 2011: Consider … Continue reading Is Google Scholar next?
One of the things pointed to in the debate over market power and scholarly journals is the rise of "Big Deal" packages. Basically, this has arisen as publishers bundle journals together for a single price. Indeed, as the publishers have merged and acquired more titles, these bundled packages have become more compelling with individual journal … Continue reading Looking again at “Big Deal” scholarly journal packages
The Sloan Foundation is looking for a Program Associate, Economics. It is a position that will likely interest readers of this blog or their students. Here is the description. Roles and Responsibilities: The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation seeks a very bright, highly motivated, and well-organized individual for the position of Program Associate in Economics starting … Continue reading Position at Sloan Foundation
That is the contention of Richard Price, the founder of Academia.edu. Aaron Swartz was determined to free up access to academic articles. He perceived an injustice in which scientific research lies behind expensive paywalls despite being funded by the taxpayer. The taxpayer ends up paying twice for the same research: once to fund it and a … Continue reading Will reputation metrics open scientific publication?
A couple of pointers to come interesting discussions this week on the move to author processing fees by open access journals. The first is from mathematician, Tim Gowers, who defends the use of such fees. He points out, correctly, that the journal he is involved with will not disadvantage any authors as a result of … Continue reading Author processing fees
Science Careers has named its first ever person of the year and it is our own Executive Board member, Paula Stephan. In numerous articles and books, and as a member of scholarly bodies and study commissions examining the situation and prospects of young scientists, Stephan has long expounded the view that the current graduate and … Continue reading Science Careers’ Person of the Year: Paula Stephan